The Gers is well known for Armagnac and about 90% of its wine production concentrates on beautiful white, rose and sweet wines. John Gilchrist tells us more.
The south of Gers is home to the perfect grape variety, Tannat, and the king of Tannat is Alain Brumont. At Château Bouscassé, Brumont’s family property in Maumusson-Laguian, vieilles vignes (old vine) 100% Tannat is crafted with vines that are 100-years old, planted on superb terroirs and aged in 100% new oak barrels. The wine is full of black fruit and the palate is deliciously rich, big and meaty with a blood-streaked density of fruit. This is a massive wine; the texture is fleshy with gripping acidity. www.brumont.fr
Plaimont, a union of cooperatives, produces outstanding wines and the iconic wine of the St Mont AOC region, brings the red Le Faîte. Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinenc grapes are blended at an unmissable annual event in the prestigious sanctuary of La Tour de Termes d’Armagnac. The grand cru wine is full and structured with an aromatic complexity of black fruit (blackberry, blackcurrant) and liqueur, underlined by subtly toasted notes. www.plaimont.com
Domaine Guillaman is south west of Condom and the Ferret family have been producing wonderful quality wines for six generations. The red Cabernet and Merlot blend is velvety and generous and has a dominant taste of very ripe black and red fruits from start to finish, with a balancing dark chocolate bitterness. www.domaine-guillaman.fr
John and Emma Gilchrist
John Gilchrist has been in the hospitality industry for 30 years. A former UK Sommelier of the Year and winner of the Mondavi award for the best wine list in the world, John is bonkers about wine and is an enthusiast for the little wine producers. A seeker of unknown gems, he now runs Les Caulins, a gîte and cookery school in SW France, with his wife (and chef) Emma. They have won many awards including the 50 best destination restaurants in the UK, Wine Pub of the Year, Briitsh Cheeseboard of the Year and Buckingham’s Best Restaurant for eight years in a row.
First published in the March/April 2019 issue of The Local Buzz
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